Today I decided it was time to get going on my Spring Spiff Up. I live in a cold part of the country. All winter I stay snuggled in a warm room heated by a fire not to venture into too many places of the house because they are too cold. When spring finally gets here, I begin venturing out to those other places only to find that everything seems a little scruffy. I can't stand it anymore so I whip out the paint and get started with my effort to spot paint. You know how you have a ding here and there that make things look a little shoddy. I actually thought that I could take the paint and touch those areas up and everything would look fresh and clean.
I have to preface something here. You see, I am creeping into the age that everything seems to have a kink in it when I try to move. Both knees are shot, both arms have problems, I am admittedly over weight and out of shape, my eyes are not so good, and my hands are shaky. So here I am thinking that a touch up of paint might be all I can handle.
I started with the front door. There were so many dings and dongs on the door that it would have been better to replace the door but I started painting. As I painted spots on the door I quickly realized that I had to paint the whole door as it really was a mess. When I finished the door, I looked around and realized that I needed to paint a drawer unit nearby as it was looking horrible against that white door. When I finished with it I knew I had to paint the shoe shelves as they were worse yet. Getting the front porch painted, I moved inside. A touch up around the cat door was next but that made the door look dingy so it got painted but now the trim looks bad.
I bet you are wondering how good of a job could I possibly do with all of the problems I described. Well, I have discovered that these days painters tape is my friend. If I take a few minutes to put some tape up but I can be sloppy (which I tend to be with my bad arms and shaky hands) and then take off the tape to see a fine crisp edge. I also use chairs to help me get to those low places. It has been years since I have been able to sit on my knees or even to squat (things I use to do all the time and that I really miss being able to do) so I either have to sit on the floor (and it's not easy to paint sitting) or sit on a chair and bend down. It may look ridiculous as I am painting but the job is getting done and that is the most important thing.
I finally had to quit for the day but what was to be a quick touch up will now be a week or two of painting. I know I can't stop at the door. Actually, I am looking at this as two-fold. First, I am going to get everything freshened up for summer and second, I just might start getting myself in shape. All that up and down and moving around, surely something could come off - right? I can only hope!